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Friday, Jul 24, 2015 National Tequila Day (USA)

The Technomancer Next Year

Focus Home Interactive says they will be at Gamescom early next month showing off The Technomancer, the cyberpunk RPG that was revealed earlier this year without a "the" in the title. In the meantime, they offer up a new batch of screenshots, and say they expect to release the game in 2016 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. They also offer some details:
Spiders studio is back with The Technomancer, a new post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC set on Mars during the War of Water, where an aspiring Technomancer faces a myriad of questions as his future grows threatened by the secrets of his past.

Technomancers are "mage-warriors", who harness, thanks to an innate talent, destructive electrical-based powers, amplified by their cybernetic implants. Both respected and feared by all, they are fearsome warriors trained from a young age to fight. You are one of them, about to finally pass your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer.

An RPG, The Technomancer will offer players action-oriented combat gameplay along four different skill trees, focusing on 3 different fighting styles and the destructive electric-focused powers of the Technomancers. But all situations aren't necessarily to be dealt with brute strength, with dynamic conversation dialogue playing a deep role in quests, changing the story depending on the decisions you make. Craft equipment, weapons and armor for yourself and for the companions you'll recruit along your adventure, nurturing relationships with them.

On the run from the Secret Police and confronted by the harsh realities of the Red Planet, you must undertake a quest that takes you through forgotten paradises, cities lost under the ice, and dystopian shanties sprawled across Mars' dusty embrace.

Faced with the cruelty of Mars' iron-fist enforcers and alien wild-life, can you survive long enough to uncover the truth behind The Technomancer?

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces Sniper Trailer

A new trailer from Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces is a "know your units" feature profiling the sniper in the upcoming standalone World War II RTS expansion. They explain these snipers are not just to take out individual soldiers: "In addition to targeting infantry troops on the battlefield, the sniper has two additional capabilities: the ability to order all 25 pound howitzers in the area to fire on a designated target, and armor piercing rounds that can damage, or even destroy, select vehicles on the battlefield." Continue here to read the full story.

Mount & Blade: Warband Viking Conquest Reforged Edition

TaleWorlds Entertainment has relaunched the Viking Conquest DLC for Mount & Blade: Warband, and they are now calling the pack Viking Conquest Reforged to reflect the additional content that it now includes. This page outlines all the features in the pack, and a brand-new trailer shows them off. Here's word:
TaleWorlds Entertainment has today launched a major update to the Viking Conquest DLC, released for Mount & Blade: Warband in December of last year, entitled "Reforged Edition". In both name and spirit, this represents a revival for the DLC, rewarding fans for their loyalty with a long list of new features. All Viking Conquest owners are receiving this update for free and all new copies of Viking Conquest are sold with the update included.

Among the key features of the DLC is a brand new storyline, "The Last Tuatha De Danann", taking place in dark, mysterious Ireland. Players are expected to fall in love with the new canine companions that can be befriended and will be faithful to their master, even in battle! New Berserker troops add a new dimension to battling, with their terrifying strength to be feared by friend and foe alike...
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Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today Prequel

Developer Fictiorama Studios and publisher Daedalic Entertainment now offer a prequel game for everyone who owns Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today on Steam. They say this is a thank you to fans, noting that it differs from the main game: "It's a delightfully old-school parser-based graphic adventure, designed to give players the chance to learn more about the world of Dead Synchronicity." Here's more from the announcement:
Summer is here, it’s hot and we somehow missed to inform you that we made you a gift.
For those among you already owning Dead Synchronicity or who are going to purchase it, there is the prequel text-adventure Dead Synchronicity: The Longest Night for free.

You once again will assume the role of Michael and learn what happened, before he lapsed into a coma.
Dead Synchronicity: The Longest Night is a text based graphic adventure with a classical text interface.

So basically this means that here the prequel of Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is told in an old school adventure style, to give you the chance to learn a little bit more about the background of the story.

On Sale

Evening Previews

  • Fallout 4 on GameSpot. New Details from Quakecon 2015.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Blind Dog's Custom Bumper Buddy Makes His Life Much, Much Easier. Nobody stops Buddy! Thanks nin.

Hi-Rez Unveiling New Game at Gamescom

Along with the SMITE news below, Hi-Rez Studios also teases an unannounced game they plan to show off at Gamescom early next month. They are playing this close to the vest for now, here is all they say about their Gamescom plans:
To continue their momentum, Hi-Rez Studios will be at gamescom August 5 - 9th to show off SMITE on both PC and Xbox One. The Studio will also unveil a new, soon-to-be announced game, allowing attendees to be among the very first to play this surprising new title at Booth A-051 in Hall 9. Also at gamescom, Hi-Rez Studios will host the SMITE Pro League Fall Kickoff featuring Fnatic and Titan on the ESL main stage on Friday, August 7, from 10:00 to 13:00 CEST. From 13:00 to 14:00 CEST, Hi-Rez will stream a live showmatch of its new game. Both match-ups will be broadcast at twitch.tv/smitegame.

SMITE Celebrates 10M Players with Hercules

Hi-Rez Studios announces SMITE has registered more than 10 million players over the lifetime of this Windows and Xbox One MOBA. They are celebrating the milestone with news that anyone who wins 10 PvP matches next month will unlock Hercules as a playable god, who will come with a retro skin and a new sound pack voiced by Kevin Sorbo, star of TV's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. This video features Kevin introducing the concept and showing off his mad skills. Here's word:
To celebrate this epic community milestone, Hi-Rez Studios is reviving the original Hercules character model from SMITE’s early PC beta days as an all-new “Retro Herc” skin on both PC and Xbox One. Anyone who wins 10 PvP matches in August will unlock Hercules as a playable god, along with the Hercules retro skin and a new Hercules voice pack featuring Kevin Sorbo, the star of TV’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – all for free. Hi-Rez Studios revealed the promotion today in a new video, featuring Sorbo, who has a special message for the internet.
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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Next Month

Kickstarter update from Harebrained Schemes announces a release date (and minute) for Shadowrun: Hong Kong, saying August 20th at 1:00 pm EDT is when to expect their turn-based tactical RPG (thanks nin). They announce the news in this short video noting that tomorrow marks the two-year anniversary of the release of Shadowrun Returns. Here's word:
Mitch here, with just enough bandwidth to pull my head out of polishing the game to let you know that Shadowrun: Hong Kong has an official release date! During the Kickstarter, we estimated that we would release the game in August… and that’s why we’re releasing the game in August!

August 20th, 2015 at 10am PST, to be specific. On Steam, GoG, & Humble.

Estimating, scheduling and delivering something as complex as SR:HK is tough and I’m extremely proud of the entire team for their focus, dedication, and hard work. I’d like to say a special thank you to our ace Producer, Chris Klimecky and my co-Director, Mike McCain for their work in getting the game to you on time. Mike joined me at the helm a ways back so I could dedicate more time to writing, and his work has been first rate - just like it was on Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut.

The game’s really coming together and it’s amazing to see the team’s hard work and creative collaboration on-screen. Making games is an incredible challenge but making games with these folks is an absolute pleasure.

We’ll be sending out another update in the next couple of weeks regarding how to get your keys from BackerKit and an update on all the remaining Kickstarter rewards.

In the meantime, here’s a few new screenshots & gifs we grabbed for you. Thanks for staying with us since January and we’ll see you August 20th!
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Victor Vran Released

Victor Vran is now available on Steam and GOG.com, offering this action/RPG for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The game had a successful run on early access, and this launch trailer offers a look at the game in its current state. The description of the clip has what you need to know about this:
The new demon hunting action-RPG Victor Vran officially releases today. After just five months in Early Access, Victor Vran is released with amazing 94% user approval from the Steam Community. The game won the hearts of the players with its action packed combat dynamics, where dodging and jumping mean the difference between life and death.

Victor Vran features four player coop gameplay, a class-less gear-based character progression system, dozens of secrets, over 400 different challenges and dynamic difficulty personalization. The game was created with replayability in mind and promises many hours of pure fun on top of the 20-hour story campaign.
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Steamship Ahoy - Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is now available on Steam, offering Windows gamers another chance to take on the intimidating characters from a children's pizza parlor, though this one doesn't seem to be actually set at Freddy's. Less than two weeks ago it was revealed that this would come next month, but as developer Scott Cawthon notes in his announcement, "I'm bad with release dates." He also says he will address an issue with the full-screen option quickly. Here's word on the game
This time, the terror has followed you home.

In this last chapter of the Five Nights at Freddy's original story, you must once again defend yourself against Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and even worse things that lurk in the shadows. Playing as a child whose role is yet unknown, you must safeguard yourself until 6am by watching the doors, as well as warding off unwanted creatures that may venture into your closet or onto the bed behind you.

You have only a flashlight to protect yourself. It will scare away things that may be creeping at the far end of the hallways, but be careful, and listen. If something has crept too close, then shining lights in its eyes will be your end.

Bombshell Trailer

This is the Quakecon 2015 video for Bombshell, showing off 10 full minutes of gameplay from 3D Realms' upcoming shooter. The clip looks at various gameplay elements, including various functions of your Pip-Girl wrist computer, all featuring an itty-bitty Bombshell shown from an isometric viewpoint. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I'm pet-sitting again, looking after the neighbors' gecko and guinea pig, Buddy and Honey Boo-Boo (my names for them). I've never acted on my temptation to get a lizard of my own, so visiting Buddy is fun, and he remains surprisingly engaging for a reptile. Honey Boo-Boo is the funnier case... she's kind of elderly, and has some sort of medical condition, and when I first tended to her I was reassured not to feel guilty if she shuffled off this mortal coil on my watch. That was more than a year ago, so it's surprising and awesome to see my little rodent pal seems to be doing better than ever.

Well-Tended Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Super Chibi Knight.
Uphill Rush 7.
Stories: Singer Teases "X-Men," "Fantastic 4" Crossover.
A non-French speaker just won the French Scrabble championship. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Breaking bad at NIST. Thanks Slashdot.
Rats help scientists get closer to solving the mystery of acupuncture. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Bluetooth Cassette Adapter. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Media: Instant Karma-MMA Champion Stops Thieves.
Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist.
Underage Drinking And Driving-Busted.
Follow-up: NASA finds 'Earth's bigger, older cousin.' Earth 2.0? Still in beta?
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